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From today, fireworks are on sale to the New Zealand public. SPCA calls once again for a ban on the private sale and use of fireworks in New Zealand due to the distress and harm they cause to animals.
Fireworks cause substantial fear and distress to our furry friends, farmed animals and wildlife in the vicinity. Although fireworks are on sale for a limited time, people often stockpile fireworks and let them off through the following weeks and months making it impossible for animal guardians to take proactive steps to protect their animals.
Read more at www.spca.nz/news-and-events/news-article/spca-fireworks
Something to think about doing right now!
Laurie is our neighbour and we expect Turvy will be somewhere nearby. Please do get in touch if you have seen him in our area.
Lost Turvy, small Black male cat on New years Eve. Microchipped. Mapara Road, Acacia bay end. May have been frightened by fireworks. 378 3025 He is the nearest cat in the photo.
Sending our best wishes for a very happy and safe Christmas and New Year.
Vicky and Russ
Give us a call or book online if you need us - we are able to conduct safe and contactless service.
Hope you are all well and look forward to seeing you again.
Vicky and Russ
Love this and hope you do too! Wishing you all a safe and happy Christmas and New Year.
Lazy Sunday morning!
Received this today...Just giving you the heads up 👍👍👍
Some of our guests taking things easy this morning!
Merry Christmas and a happy New Year to all you wonderful people who have supported us over the years.
It's New Year's Eve! Which means its time to celebrate!
However, we urge pet owners to take extra precautions and be alert to the danger and distress fireworks can impose on your animals.
Today's festivities will see a number of public and private displays around the country, however please remember to ensure your pets are kept safe and sound away from any displays.
Read our top tips for keeping your pets safe tonight: http://bit.ly/2hNv9Hs
Wishing all our lovely customers and their gorgeous cats a happy and safe Christmas.
Disaster Preparedness for Your Pet Leaving pets out of evacuation plans can put pets, pet owners, and first responders in danger. Even if you try to create a safe place for them, pets left behind during a disaster are likely to be injured, lost, or worse.
Make sure you're listening on Friday morning when Andrew will be at Makers Kitchen with Tamara from the Taupo Times as they compete for the cupcake challenge title in support of the SPCA Cupcake Day!
See the team at Makers Kitchen on Oruanui Street to find out more about their new take home dinner service.
Hiding is part of any cat’s nature. They need places to hide as it provides them with a place to escape should they feel stressed, threatened, or just in need of a bit of warmth or relaxation. Cats love to get themselves into small spaces like drawers, sinks, under beds and in boxes because those places make them feel warm, safe and secure.
Cats sometimes choose places to hide that may seem okay to them but that can actually be quite dangerous! Some of these could be clothes dryers, washing machines, inside reclining chairs, behind warm electrical appliances (such as the refrigerator or television) and if allowed access to outside, underneath cars! Be sure to check these places if your cat has decided to hide away.
Providing cats with safe places to hide is necessary to help them to cope with any fear or nervousness they may experience and to give them somewhere to relax. You can make a great hiding place by cutting an entrance and exit hole (big enough for your cat) into a cardboard box with warm, cosy bedding inside. You could also purchase igloo or tent type cat beds. The hiding place should allow your cat to be almost completely concealed. Make sure you place the hiding place in a quiet part of your house. This will help to prevent them finding their own places that could be unsafe.
Be sure all family members (and guests) know that when your cat is in their safe spot he or she is to be left alone.
If you've just recently adopted a bundle of fluff, here are some common FAQs you might find helpful:
Q: Why should I keep my cat in one room when I first bring him/her home?
A: This helps them feel safe, secure and lets them establish their own territory. It’s easier for toilet training and cleaning.
Q: Why is my new cat hiding?
A: Don’t be concerned. Cats find moving house and meeting new people stressful. Allow them time to settle in, and wait for them to come to you instead of forcing contact. Talk gently to them and sit nearby so they can relax. Let your cat approach you when they feel ready.
Q: Why should I keep my cat inside for the first few weeks?
If your cat goes outside too soon they may get lost or run away if scared. Older cats sometimes try to return to their old home. Keep them inside until they have learnt this is their new home.
Q: When do I let my cat explore outdoors?
A: After 3-4 weeks for cats or 6-8 weeks for kittens (or once your cat has settled), introduce your cat to the garden in short supervised periods. Gradually get them used to this bigger territory before giving them free range. Kittens should be supervised outside to protect them against other cats, dogs or potential threats. It’s best to keep cats inside at night to avoid injury or fights.
We hope you enjoy bonding with your new feline friend
We recently talked to our Veterinary Behaviourist Dr Jess Beer, who answered some pet behaviour questions.
Q: Help! My cat keeps urinating on my son’s schoolbag! Is he mad at my son?
A: Inappropriate urination is most commonly a sign of stress and anxiety. I promise, it’s not your cat being mad or vindictive!
It’s important to remember that behaviour and health issues are very closely linked in cats. It’s possible that the inappropriate urination can also be as a result of a medical issue such as a urinary tract infection, so you should always consult with your veterinarian first.
Once this has been ruled out, you should start looking at your environment and what is causing stress for the cat. Has your son recently moved back home, or is there another new person in the house? Have you recently adopted another pet? Or is there a neighbourhood cat coming onto your property that might be making your cat anxious? Once you have determined this, if it’s possible you should remove or reduce the cat’s interaction with the source of stress.
The key to resolving the inappropriate urination is by removing the scent of urine. You should use a cat urine-specific cleaner rather than your normal household cleaning products. If necessary, follow that up with Feliway spray in your son’s room or any other affected areas.
Scratching furniture or carpet may seem as if your cat is being “naughty” but this isn’t the case at all! It’s a very normal, natural behaviour for cats. Scratching keeps cat’s claws in good condition and strengthens their muscles. Scratching is also a method of communication for cats.
Providing a suitable scratching post and mat is important to save your furniture. A suitable scratching post should be tall enough that your cat can stretch up fully and be sturdy enough that it doesn’t fall over and onto them when they are using it! Cats that live indoors should be provided with scratching posts in several locations. Cats like to scratch and stretch after they have been sleeping so it can be a good idea to place one scratching post next to their favourite sleeping spot. In addition, if you find your cat does scratch your furniture then try placing the post in front of wherever they usually scratch i.e. in front of the corner of the sofa.
Some cats don’t like using scratching posts or mats. If your cat is one of these, you can encourage them to use the post or mat by dragging some string or another toy over it for them to play with. You could even scratch at it yourself when they are close so they hear the sound. If your cat likes catnip, you can sprinkle some on the post or mat once or twice a month to keep your cat interested.
Are you feeling creative this long weekend? How about making your beloved kittens and cats some knitted mice to play with?
Having fun toys stops our furry friends from getting bored, and they are also supper snuggly!
To make the knitted mice you will need the following equipment:
Size 8 (4mm) knitting needles.
Scraps of 8ply (or thicker) wool – any colour.
Instructions for making:
• Cast on 12 stitches leaving an extra long tail approx 80cms.
• Knit 12 rows of stocking stitch.
• Decrease 1 stitch at each end of next 4 rows, finishing with 4 stitches.
• Break off wool (20cms +), thread through stitches and fasten tightly.
• Cast on 6 stitches.
• Knit 1 row.
• Break off wool, thread through stitches and fasten tightly.
• Thread ends through body, tie all 4 ends together on wrong side.
• Sew body from nose to tail, stuff, gather bottom and secure.
• Method 1) Twisted Cord Fold long tail end in half with a 5cm overlap along mouse body, twist wool until tight, fold in half and let wool twist together. Secure overlap end into mouse body.
• Method 2) Crocheted Chain Crochet chain and attach to body.
Are you struggling to get your cat to use the cat flap?
Here are some tips to hopefully help you out:
A cat door is a great way of giving your cat its freedom from discomfort. Training a cat or kitten to use one is best done with patience and food!
Leave the door open for a few days (or when your kitten or cat is in the area). You can do this by attaching a peg to the top of the flap when the flap is open.
Place your cat or kitten’s food or a treat on the other side of the door so they can see it through the open door. Encourage him/her through. Practice this and gradually lower the door so the cat/kitten will get used to moving the cat door out of the way with his/her head and body.
Teaching your kitten or cat to use a cat door takes time. Never force your kitten or cat through the door as this may result in life-long phobias which will cause them to never want to use it.
Q: How should I introduce a new kitten or cat to my cat?
A: Cats can be very territorial and sometimes they don't like change very much. Your cat is probably used to being the only cat around and has probably had complete run of the house. Suddenly there is this strange other cat or kitten who, from the existing cat's point of view, is just getting in the way!
Whenever a new cat is introduced into a house with other cats it takes time for them to get used to each other. Your first cat might be a little jealous of the newcomer, so you need to take things slowly and carefully at first. Ask a member of the feline team at your local SPCA or your veterinarian for advice on the best way to introduce them.
Not all cats will get on with each other. If you already have cats who are not friends, make sure that they are able to avoid each other at all times and that they can access everything they need without having to interact at all. Never force your cat to interact with people or animals that they don’t like.
In rare situations where cats seriously injure each other or begin to show signs of severe stress as a result of being housed together, they may need to be separated. Your local vet can provide more information about available options in these situations.
We are thrilled to announce that SPCA Cupcake Day 2017 is now open for registrations!
Bake a difference on August 14th 2017 by picking up your spatula and taking part in the sweetest event of the year.
Register today spcacupcakeday.co.nz and remember to share with your friends!
There will be plenty of competitions during the lead up to August 14, so register now to start fundraising for animals in need. Bake a difference this year at SPCA Cupcake Day!
Every day animals go missing. Sadly many are never reunited with their owners, simply because of a lack of identification.
We recommend both microchipping and using collars and tags.
Collars and tags alone are not effective at identifying your pet as these are easily removed or lost by your pet. A microchip gives your pet the best chance of being reunited with you if they become lost or stolen. If your pet is microchipped, please do make sure you keep your details up-to-date.
On the other hand, sometimes microchips can fail or you may forget to update your details, so it's important to also use a collar and ID tag with your phone number. This makes it easy for people to contact you if they find your pet.
Both is best!
For more information, contact your local vet about microchipping your pet.
Photos from SPCA Wellington/Wairarapa's post
This Easter be sure to keep your chocolate and Hot Cross buns stored in a safe place, away from your pets. Raisins and chocolate can cause toxic poisoning in cats and dogs.
Please remember: if you think your pet has eaten something dangerous you should immediately call your local vet clinic.
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